The updated Cochrane review of e-cigarettes — and what it should mean for Canada

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Last week, the UK based health charity, Cochrane, released its sixth report on the evidence on the use of e-cigarettes for smoking cessation. This post reflects on how this and other Cochrane conclusions could serve Canadian efforts to reduce smoking at the population and individual levels. In brief: 1) Cochrane establishes that in clinical trials, E-cigarettes fail...

Doctors seek Federal Court Order to Force Health Canada to Comply with Tobacco Law

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Mandatory Report More Than Five Months Overdue (Ottawa – November 14, 2022) Today a national health charity applied for a Federal Court order directing Health Canada to complete its overdue review of the Tobacco and Vaping Products Act and to present the results to Parliament. “The law is crystal clear” said Dr. Atul Kapur, president...

An update on tobacco sales and tax revenues in Canada

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This post provides updated information on cigarette sales and tobacco taxes in Canada. Links to Fact sheets with the data reflected in the figures below are provided at the bottom of the post. 1) Total tobacco tax revenues in Canada continue to fall – and more quickly than predicted by tax officials. Overall, tobacco tax revenues...

BAT’s disposable “VUSE GO” arrives in Canada.

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Last week BAT/Imperial Tobacco Canada  began selling the disposable vaping device Vuse Go in Canada. From the advertising copy on its website, it appears that this new product is being used to recruit new users:  “Whether you are new to vaping, want to try some new flavours without committing, or simply aren’t sure which device is right...

Update on e-liquid flavour restrictions

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Almost 14 months have passed since Health Canada published draft regulations to restrict the flavourings and chemicals that could be used by e-liquid manufacturers. in vaping liquids. This post reports on developments in Canada and elsewhere that are related to restricting e-cigarette flavours. Links to more information are provided at the end of the post. Lots of...

Health Canada’s about-face on reporting requirements for the vaping industry is a bad sign for public health

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PRESS RELEASE.  July 26, 2022 Physicians for a Smoke-Free Canada (PSC) is concerned that Health Canada’s recently circulated draft regulations to require  vaping product manufacturers to provide the department with information on its products and activities reflect a departmental priority for the concerns of business over the public health benefit of better information on what...

VEEBA: In a surprise move, PMI launches disposable vapes in Canada

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This week Canadian consumers and health regulators are facing a significant development in the vaping market, as the world’s largest tobacco company introduces VEEBA – an affordable and fancy disposable vape. Philip Morris is the last of the big tobacco companies to launching vaping products. It’s decision to put its deep pockets and extensive marketing...

New survey results show no decrease (and some areas of increase) in tobacco use and vaping

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On May 5, Statistics Canada released results of the third wave of the Canadian Tobacco and Nicotine Survey., in which almost 10,000 Canadians reported their use of tobacco and vaping products. (Top-level results of prior waves, with smaller samples, are available on Health Canada’s web-site, and other analysis was reported here earlier). This blog presents graphs showing the results...

Health Canada trims its tobacco control sails

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In April 2021, two more documents were released by Health Canada which set out how the department plans to address the health consequences of tobacco use and vaping. The first is Health Canada’s Forward Regulatory Plan for 2022-2024, and the second is the internal evaluation of Health Canada’s activities, including management’s response to the recommendations made by...

The First Four Years: The legislative review of the Tobacco and Vaping Products Act.

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May 23, 2022 marks four years since Royal Assent was given to the legislation that turned the Tobacco Act into the Tobacco and Vaping Products Act. On that day, the Minister of Health is obliged by law to submit to both the Senate and the House of Commons a report on the “review of the provisions and operation of this...

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